ISO means standards. A standard is just a set of requirements, decided by experts, for doing something specific.
A lot of standards exist under the banner of ISO, for all sorts of things, from quality management, to environmental and social responsibility guidelines, to how to design medical devices.
They’re useful because they help you to write good processes; how to structure, organize, implement, and improve on them.
At the heart of ISO is the principle of systematizing your approach to process management in your company – simple as that! You might be scared of ISO, but there’s really no need to be intimidated. What’s more, recent changes have made it easier than ever to get started with ISO standards.
In this Process Street article, we’ll look at everything ISO, including (but not limited to):
- What is ISO? A simple introduction for normal people
- Management System Standards (MSS)
- Quick tips: How to use Process Street for ISO
- ISO & SOP (Standard Operating Procedures)
- ISO for BPM (Business Process Management)
- Continuous improvement: a central theme of ISO
- ISO templates index
- Agile ISO
- Automating ISO with Process Street
- Relevant case studies
- Further reading on ISO
Let’s start with the basics. What exactly is ISO?